John Joseph Neilsen II

NEW GLOUCESTER – John Joseph Neilsen II, 80, passed away peacefully on Dec. 7, 2020. John, known as Jack or Papa Bear to his family and friends, was born in Malden, Mass. to John Joseph and Mary Florence on August 23, 1940. He went to school at Cheverus and North Yarmouth Academy.

Jack served in the Navy and was onboard the USS R O’Hale Destroyer from 1957-1961. He then returned to marry his high school sweetheart and the Love of his Life, Helen “Cuppy” Cleaves at Sacred Heart Church in Yarmouth on Dec. 30, 1961. After having his adored six children, Jack was involved in coaching baseball and was the President of Little League District one for years. Jack has received the Father of the Year Award for 58 years running.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Delores and Patricia, brother David and half-brother Sewall, and half-sister Jane; and his beloved son and Guardian Angel, Troy Anthony.

Jack is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen, sister Elaine Wyman of Pownal, son John Joseph III and his significant other Donna Shepard of Westbrook, daughter Cheri of New Gloucester, daughter Michele of Long Beach, N.Y., son Christopher and wife Allison of Charlotte, N.C., son Daryl of Long Beach, N.Y.; grandson Jack; and all his family and friends that adored him and will miss his hugs.

The Neilsen Family wishes to extend our profound thanks to the incredible doctors, nurses and caregivers at Mercy Hospital in Portland for their devoted care and support for him.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

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